Bits of Borno Art in Lagos

From February 9 to 11, 2017, Borno State Government in collaboration with The Centre For Creative Arts & Talent, Abuja will present Bits of Borno, an exhibition of recent photographs by Fati Abubakar at the Omenka Gallery, Lagos.
Work from the exhibition
Through a careful selection of 61 photographs, the exhibition 
provides a counter narrative to the negative headlines of despair and destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgency by showcasing the beauty, culture, tradition and most importantly, the resilience of the Borno people. "There's a slow gradual return despite all of the adversity. I want people to remember us not only for our culture and tradition, but also for our resilience during this conflict. My favourite photos of Borno are mostly of markets—to me, it is a sign that the city is still alive."
 Fati Abubakar was born and raised in Maiduguri, Borno State. She developed a passion for photography, which led to the creation of her series ‘Bits of Borno’. Since September 2015, Abubakar has interviewed, as well as taken pictures of the residents with a mission to change the perception of Boko Haram brutality associated with Borno State.

‘Sweet Intoxication’ of Sor Sen In Painting
Sor  Sen,  an Abuja based artist shows a solo exhibition of paintings titled Sweet Intoxication,  at the Nordic Hotel, Abuja. 

Face Value” (series), oil on canvas, 2016
 The artist believes the world has always been in a constant flux, which he notes could be given several interpretations, based on individual experiences. Excerpts from his Artist Statement: Sometimes it could be that of tragedy or pure joy emanating from the soul. However, his concern in this exhibition is to look at pleasant moments that are breathtaking, a split second of ecstasy that is capable of switching a sad mood to that of joy. Again, this exhibition is a breath of fresh air and a deviation on how we view humanity from the single construct of tragedies flooded in the mainstream media.
He got trained at Nigeria’s premier art school, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has also won so many awards to his credit.  Sor, describes his ideas as always evolving. The works appear to be a conglomeration of post impressionism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.  This he says that, “for me I do this consciously to maintain my artistic sanity or insanity, to keep the mind open to ideas, either in form or context.  
 In some of the works symbolism seem to be at the centre stage where alluring motifs of butterflies and flowers are used in portraying his ideas. This exhibition marks his third individual showing, since he completed his post graduate studies. For the artist, inspiration is relevant to the production of his paintings. And as thus, it could be sourced from a simple conversation, a book, movie, poem or music.

Olayode makes debut solo with Permutations

From Minday, January 23 to March 4, 2017,  Tayo Olayode, will open the Wheatbaker’s 2017 Art Program with Permutations, an exhibition showcasing 38 mixed media artworks. 
Tayo Olayode in front of one of his works during a preview.
The body of work has been years in the making, as Olayode, an award winning artist who has taken part in group exhibitions in Ghana, Kenya, USA, Britain, Dubai, and Canada finally presents his first solo-exhibition in Nigeria.
  Olayode, who graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2000, presents
diverse works using a range of complex techniques and styles, setting him apart as an artist who spans the worlds of abstract, realist and surrealist read more.  --------------------------------------------------------------
When Anambra Festival Honoured Creative Professionals 
By Uzoma Nzeagwu – Awka.

The 4th Anambra Book and creativity festival (ANBUKRAFT) held in Awka, Anambra State was dedicated to the memory of Christopher Okigbo and Uche Okeke. Organized by the Anambra Book and creativity Network, the event featured presentation by prominent artists, educationist, writers, publishers, literacy and art critics, craft makers, actors and poets, as well as exhibition of books, art and crafts.

 Awardees at the event included Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma(vice chancellor UNN), Dr Ferdinand Anikwe(DG CBAAC), Prof. Stella C, Okunna (Dean faculty of social sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.); Greg Mbajiorgu, Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian Newspapers), Hon Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Moses Ohiomokhare, HRH Igwe A.I, Ofuebe(Ogidiga of Ifite Ogwari), Hon Ifeanyi Aniagoh, Chukwudi Udoye, Chinyere Odinukwe, Chukwudi  Ike-Okoye and Titus Aborate.

  The Festival Director, Prof Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi in his speech expressed concern that read more.
Delta Bush Refineries and Other Stories

Award-winning photojournalist Akintunde Akinleye shows Delta Bush Refineries and Other Stories, from December 17 to 31, 2016 at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos Island.

Bush Refinery I, 2012, Inkjet Ink prints
Akintunde Akinleye is an award winning photojournalist whose images focus on editorial activism and experimental documentary topics. He received the World Press Photo prize in 2007 and the National Geographic all roads award in 2008. He is a recipient of residency fellowships
at the University of Texas in Dallas and at the Thami Mnyele foundation in Amsterdam. His works have been published in TIME magazine, Vogue and the New York Times and exhibited in Lagos, Madrid, Brussels, California, Bamako, Munich, and the U.K. A consummate academic, Akintunde will be pursuing a research work in Film studies for a PhD after obtaining degrees in Education, journalism and Mass Communication. He once served as a jury-member for Friends of the Earth photo completion and a guest speaker at TEDx Ikoyi event. He lives in Lagos and has, for over a decade, worked for Reuters from Nigeria, covering human interest and spot news stories in West Africa sub-region.

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